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Ariane Fennetaux

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Title: Associate Professor


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Twitter: @ArianeFennetaux

Research Themes:

  • 18th-century material culture
  • dress and textiles
  • pockets
  • global history
  • recycling

Current Projects:

  • I have just finished a monograph entitled The Artful Pocket: Social and Cultural History of an Everyday Object. 1650-1900 co-authored with Barbara Burman.
  • I am currently working on eighteenth-century material culture in a global context. In particular, I have a project on banyans/dressing gowns and the circulation of techniques, aesthetics and practices in the globalising world of the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • I am organising a conference on 13-14 October 2017 on Franco-British rivalries in dress and textile from 1700 to 1914. For more information see here.

Education and Academic Positions:

  • 1994, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Fontenay St Cloud, English
  • 1997, Agregation
  • 2000, MA. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Thesis title: Addressing Undress.
  • 2006, Ph.D., Université Paris Diderot. Dissertation Title: ‘Such Stuff as Privacy is Made On’: L’Intimité et les objets en Grande Bretagne au 18ème siècle.
  • 2000-2003, Junior Lecturer (Monitrice), Université Paris Diderot.
  • 2004-2006, Junior Lecturer (ATER), Université Paris X-Nanterre
  • 2007-present, Associate Professor (Maître de conférences), Université Paris Diderot

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Elected Member of the CA
  • Elected Member of the CS
  • Co-leader of the Axe Premières Modernités
  • Co-leader of the Traverse: Culture matérielle en question
  • Liaising officer for digital matters (réferent numérique)
  • Member of the steering committee of the GIS ACORSO (link)

Research Supervision:

  • material culture
  • decorative arts
  • dress, textile and fashion
  • social and cultural history 16th-19th century

Selected Publications:

  • The Afterlife of Used Things: Recycling in the Long 18th century. A. Fennetaux, A. Junqua et S. Vasset eds. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • “Les poches ou la voie/voix moyenne: pratiques et valeurs de la middling sort britannique au 18ème siècle”. RSEEA 17-18 n°72, 2015, pp. 129-150.
  • “Women, Fashion & Sentiment: Mourning Jewellery in Britain c.1800” in Women and Death, Maureen Goggin & Beth Fowkes Tobin, eds. Ashgate, 2014, pp. 27-50.

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